29 May 2019

Woman who lost her legs calls on government to rethink benefits assessment

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

It has been controversial from the very beginning – the work capability assessment, designed to decide whether people are fit for work or should get extra support in the shape of employment support allowance or ESA.

There’ve been several overhauls, with some critics arguing the assessments are so flawed they should be scrapped altogether.

Latest figures show more than two thirds of people who appeal a decision finding them fit for work have that decision overturned at tribunal, but the government insist the system is working well for most people.

We’ve been following the story of Eugenia Kouxina, who lost both legs as a child.